Sheriff issues holiday safety warning


With the holiday weekend at hand, and a variety of Independence Day celebrations happening across the county, Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins has released a word of caution for area residents.

Chaffins urges caution and care with fireworks, reminds drivers that deputies will be out in full force to ensure that impaired drivers stay off of roadways, and even touches on national news of potential Islamic terrorist threats over the holiday weekend.

Here is Chaffins’ statement in full:

“There are many dangers involved with the lighting of fireworks. With danger comes the potential for injury and even death. Every year many Grayson Countians make a trip to the ER as a result of fireworks fun gone bad. We at the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office are asking our citizens to leave it to the professionals to set off fireworks. And if you must light them leave them out of the hands and far away from children. Use any and all safety precautions when it comes to lighting fireworks.

With Independence Day celebrations comes the potential for the increase of alcohol use and impaired driving. Our deputies will be teaming up with other agencies looking for impaired drivers in an attempt to clear Grayson County roads of drunk drivers by conducting traffic safety checkpoints at various locations throughout the county. No excuses, no exceptions, Blue Lights Across The Bluegrass is coming to Grayson County.

Additionally, many of us have noticed that many national news outlets have reported that there have been threats made by Islamic terrorist groups to strike during our Independence Day celebrations. Although there have been no specific threats against our citizens here in Grayson County we are asking everyone to be alert and report any unusual activity to us or any other law enforcement agency. Help make this July 4th the safest we have ever had!”

To report firework dangers, drunk drivers, or to reach the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department for any reason, contact E-911 Dispatch at 270-259-0303.

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